Barbara's Ribbon, and the Fantastic Scanner

Two things… I have been failing to get around to mailing my friend Barbara her bookmark. And, we got a fabulous new scanner at work. So, I took the ribbon in, and did some scanning, and then PUT IT IN THE MAIL.

A closeup. This is a textile a little over half an inch in width. In these scans, it looks like a rug!

Those thick, jute-like hairy yarns? That’s Gutermann 100/3 sewing silk.

Close-up of the dragon. It’s more bronze-y than how this picture shows up, and the scanner totally kills the sheen. The dragon is brocaded in Kreinik Soie Platte (flat silk) and is very shiny.

The dragon in *too* much detail – every tiny hair shows up.

These are full-size (i.e., huge) versions, mostly for my reference: (8.8MB) – the full original scan (755K) – the large version of the first close-up

0 replies
  1. admin
    admin says:

    Re: OMG

    The peony is crawling along – I’ve actually found somebody to take lessons from, and that’s been very helpful, but it’s just slow work. I need to dye some darker greens for the leaves; the ones I have aren’t dark enough for the shadow parts.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Lovely work

    Lovely bookmark Michael, hows the stitching going?

    Have nominated your blog for a ‘Make my Day’ award.


  3. admin
    admin says:

    Re: Lovely work


    The stitching is crawling along; I have found a teacher who studied in Souzhou, and I’m learning a LOT – but right now, it’s making me be methodical and careful. Hopefully will finish the peony within a week or so.

    Thanks for the nomination!

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Too much detail

    Beautiful, I love the dragon.

    I know what you mean about “too much detail”. My new camera has a good macro fascility on it but everything shows, warts and all. I can see clearly what is wrong with my stitching, when by eye, I thought that it was ok. Perhaps we will get used to the macro format and tune out the stray fibres that are not visible to the naked eye.

    I hope you are enjoying your embroidery lessons and look forward to seeing an update on your peonies.


  5. furdreams
    furdreams says:

    That’s just gorgeous! You do nice work. I don’t think the close up scans are overkill at all. I guess it’s really a matter of perspective — For those of us who want to know how it’s made, they’re awesome and for admiring the general beauty, a little farther back view is nice. It doesn’t make the piece any less wonderful.

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